Gaetan Barrette under investigation by Quebec's ethics commissioner

The province's ethics commissioner has opened an investigation into possible ethical violations by health minister Gaetan Barrette.

The inquiry is being launched following a request from the PQ health critic Diane Lamarre, who claims Barrette put off a pediatric project at the Pierre-Boucher Hospital in Longueuil, until after the election this fall, because it's in a riding held by a PQ MNA.

Barrette denies any wrongdoing, suggesting the project was not a priority.

The notion that the move was political was fueled by a report on Radio-Canada's investigative program 'Enquête'.